Knives lead to arrest

A WOMAN who tried to dodge police in Coffs Harbour had plenty to hide as it turns out.

Highway patrol officers set up shop on Hogbin Drive near Arthur Street for a breath-testing operation yesterday when they saw a Subaru station wagon approach at 9.30am.

Senior Constable Wally Brooks said officers then saw the car do a U-turn and drive off.

The highway officers chased the vehicle into nearby York Street where they managed to stop the driver, who was the sole occupant.

The woman returned a negative breath test at the scene but police allegedly discovered the vehicle was unregistered and uninsured.

They then struck gold when they searched the car and allegedly found seven knives – mostly pocket knives – in the cabin.

The Coffs Harbour woman, 30, was arrested and taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station.

She was subsequently charged with driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, failing to pay road tax and having custody of knives in a public place.

She was bailed to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court.

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